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Workshop: Writing the Earth – Autumn Reflections at the Garden (with Jenna Butler)


Sunday, October 29, 2017
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Devonian Botanic Garden

Back by popular demand, a writing workshop for the naturally inclined, led by critically-acclaimed author Jenna Butler, in the beautiful setting of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. Participants will take in the sights, sounds, scents, and light of a fall garden during an outdoor walk, then head inside for inspired writing, overlooking the tranquil Kurimoto Japanese Garden. This workshop is suitable for writers of poetry or prose, at any level of experience. Limited capacity – register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop fee of $85 includes admission to the Garden during and after the workshop. There will be a one-hour break; participants should bring their own lunch. Participants should bring a notebook, comfortable footwear, and clothing suitable for an outdoor walk. This workshop is offered in partnership with the U of A Botanic Garden.


Jenna Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry: Seldom Seen RoadWells, and Aphelion, and a collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge the of Grizzly Trail. Her current work includes Magnetic North, a collection of prose poems linking the Norwegian Arctic and the northern Canadian boreal, and Revery: A Year of Bees, essays about women, beekeeping, and international community-building.

Butler’s research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from Tenerife to the Arctic Circle onboard a masted sailing vessel, exploring the ways in which we navigate the landscapes we call home. A professor of creative writing and ecocriticism at Red Deer College, Butler lives with three resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta’s North Country.

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